Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > USA
Reload this Page >

Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Old May 16th 2008, 1:38 pm
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 11
thewolfs is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Hi everyone,

I'm arranging for shipping quotes from Edwards and Fox's. Anyone have experiences of these companies? I'm thinking our own 20ft container - I have a 2 bed terraced house. Any idea of costs to ship London-New York?

Also, we ordered additional bedroom furniture from a shop to match our existing pieces as we'll have more room in US. Upgraded to King size bed, bought a large chest of drawers. We bought them here as they are from the same furniture range as our existing pieces and wanted them to match. I've been reading that posessions need to be a year old to escape customs duty and our new piecs will be delivered here a week before we move. I was even thinking of keeping them in their delivery boxes as extra shipping protection, but I'm now worried I will be charged for these as 'new'. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Many thanks,
Sophie
thewolfs is offline  
Old May 16th 2008, 2:07 pm
  #2  
Arrogant ****
 
dbj1000's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 4,323
dbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by thewolfs View Post
Hi everyone,

I'm arranging for shipping quotes from Edwards and Fox's. Anyone have experiences of these companies? I'm thinking our own 20ft container - I have a 2 bed terraced house. Any idea of costs to ship London-New York?

Also, we ordered additional bedroom furniture from a shop to match our existing pieces as we'll have more room in US. Upgraded to King size bed, bought a large chest of drawers. We bought them here as they are from the same furniture range as our existing pieces and wanted them to match. I've been reading that posessions need to be a year old to escape customs duty and our new piecs will be delivered here a week before we move. I was even thinking of keeping them in their delivery boxes as extra shipping protection, but I'm now worried I will be charged for these as 'new'. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Many thanks,
Sophie
My first thought is that you're going to have fun finding bed linen (and in future, a replacement mattress) for a UK "king-size" bed. It won't be a standard US size, so I suggest you buy plenty of UK king-sized linen before you move.

As for the customs question, I think you've answered your own question. It will be new, so you'll be charged duty if they inspect your container and judge it to be new. Keeping it in its original packaging will make that all the more likely. Given that you know the rules, you already know that strictly you'll owe duty.
dbj1000 is offline  
Old May 16th 2008, 2:11 pm
  #3  
SUPER MODERATOR
 
Jerseygirl's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 82,829
Jerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by dbj1000 View Post
My first thought is that you're going to have fun finding bed linen (and in future, a replacement mattress) for a UK "king-size" bed. It won't be a standard US size, so I suggest you buy plenty of UK king-sized linen before you move.

As for the customs question, I think you've answered your own question. It will be new, so you'll be charged duty if they inspect your container and judge it to be new. Keeping it in its original packaging will make that all the more likely. Given that you know the rules, you already know that strictly you'll owe duty.
A UK king is virtually the same as a US queen bed...a US queen is 2" longer so US bedding shouldn't be too much of a problem.

http://www.csgnetwork.com/bedsizes.html
Jerseygirl is offline  
Old May 16th 2008, 2:15 pm
  #4  
Arrogant ****
 
dbj1000's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 4,323
dbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond reputedbj1000 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl View Post
A UK king is virtually the same as a US queen bed...a US queen is 2" longer so US bedding shouldn't be too much of a problem.

http://www.csgnetwork.com/bedsizes.html
Fair enough. We got into trouble on our children's single beds when it came to fitted sheets and mattresses. I didn't think to actually check my facts before posting!
dbj1000 is offline  
Old May 16th 2008, 2:22 pm
  #5  
SUPER MODERATOR
 
Jerseygirl's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 82,829
Jerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond reputeJerseygirl has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by dbj1000 View Post
Fair enough. We got into trouble on our children's single beds when it came to fitted sheets and mattresses. I didn't think to actually check my facts before posting!
I brought over my daughter's bedding for her single bed. Wouldn't go near a US twin because it's 3" wider. 12 years later I still can't bring myself to throw the bedding out.
Jerseygirl is offline  
Old May 16th 2008, 2:29 pm
  #6  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 11
thewolfs is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Hmm. Unfortunately, I didn't know this rule when I ordered my furniture. I figured as long as it was for my own personal use it wouldn't matter when I bought it. I might have to see if I can cancel the bed at least.
thewolfs is offline  
Old May 16th 2008, 4:08 pm
  #7  
Who?
 
jumping doris's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Stepford
Posts: 3,098
jumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond reputejumping doris has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl View Post
I brought over my daughter's bedding for her single bed. Wouldn't go near a US twin because it's 3" wider. 12 years later I still can't bring myself to throw the bedding out.
We bought our eldest some Snow White bedding when she was 2 and just going into a proper bed.She loved it and I can still see her face when she saw it all on her new bed.
I still have it, along with all the other themed bedding, we bought when they were small.

Now when she comes home from college I always put the Snow White stuff on her bed.
jumping doris is offline  
Old May 16th 2008, 11:12 pm
  #8  
Bob
BE Site Lead
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,775
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

www.movingscam.com

it all depends on who is contracted on this end to do the US side of the delivery, so check that site and ask who will be used...

I'm guessing your not paying for the shipping, otherwise I'd suggest bin or sell it all and get fresh here, but if you can't paying what the hell
Bob is offline  
Old May 17th 2008, 2:02 am
  #9  
Not living a 9 to 5 life
 
NC Penguin's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 11,061
NC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by thewolfs View Post
Hi everyone,

I'm arranging for shipping quotes from Edwards and Fox's. Anyone have experiences of these companies? I'm thinking our own 20ft container - I have a 2 bed terraced house. Any idea of costs to ship London-New York?

<<snip>>
Have you a list of items that you plan to ship to the US? Particularly important are pieces of furniture, pictures in frames and other large or awkward shaped items.

Shipping companies will be the only one who can give you information on the cost because BE members don't know exactly what you plan on shipping.
NC Penguin is offline  
Old May 17th 2008, 2:15 am
  #10  
L2, GC, Surrey, OH, TX!
 
MsElui's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: Surrey to Dallas (via Ohio)!
Posts: 6,358
MsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

if its just a few bits to pad out the existing stuff its hardly a major new purchase. I would unbox and get your removers to pack with the rest. I cant imagine that even if they inspected (which is fairly unlikely) that they would pick out the newer pieces from the older pieces.
I really wouldnt sweat this one.
MsElui is offline  
Old May 17th 2008, 3:48 am
  #11  
BE Forum Addict
 
chicagojlo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Lake County IL
Posts: 1,953
chicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond reputechicagojlo has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by thewolfs View Post
Hi everyone,

I'm arranging for shipping quotes from Edwards and Fox's. Anyone have experiences of these companies? I'm thinking our own 20ft container - I have a 2 bed terraced house. Any idea of costs to ship London-New York?

Also, we ordered additional bedroom furniture from a shop to match our existing pieces as we'll have more room in US. Upgraded to King size bed, bought a large chest of drawers. We bought them here as they are from the same furniture range as our existing pieces and wanted them to match. I've been reading that posessions need to be a year old to escape customs duty and our new piecs will be delivered here a week before we move. I was even thinking of keeping them in their delivery boxes as extra shipping protection, but I'm now worried I will be charged for these as 'new'. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Many thanks,
Sophie
Actually it just occurred to me that some movers will only insure stuff they have packed themselves so in fact leaving it in the box might not even be possible.
chicagojlo is offline  
Old May 17th 2008, 2:15 pm
  #12  
L2, GC, Surrey, OH, TX!
 
MsElui's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: Surrey to Dallas (via Ohio)!
Posts: 6,358
MsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond reputeMsElui has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

i would want to unbox it anyway to make sure it was as expected. last thing you would want would be to open it in america nd find it was the wrong colour - or was scrathed or something.
MsElui is offline  
Old May 18th 2008, 7:21 am
  #13  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 11
thewolfs is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Thanks Everyone for your help. I think I might cancel the bed and unbox the other two pieces. I am paying for shipping, but the furniture I'm shipping is beautiful solid cherry that I saved for ages for, so no binning there. I also do have lots of paintings (my husband is an artist), books, and some other sentimental decorative objects, but not too much. I am getting rid of anything I don't use now and of course all electricals. I am thinking a 20ft sole use container. Been told that runs about £2500. Does that sound right?
thewolfs is offline  
Old May 18th 2008, 4:13 pm
  #14  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 22,105
AmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving companies and 'New" furniture -customs

Originally Posted by jumping doris View Post
We bought our eldest some Snow White bedding when she was 2 and just going into a proper bed.She loved it and I can still see her face when she saw it all on her new bed.
I still have it, along with all the other themed bedding, we bought when they were small.

Now when she comes home from college I always put the Snow White stuff on her bed.
Awww, that's nice.
AmerLisa is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.